Trailing Ryan 18-9 after the first quarter, the Denton Broncos clawed back to tie Tuesday’s game at 59 with less than 90 seconds remaining.
JUSTIN — Brick by brick the Denton Broncos built their program up after several consecutive losing seasons while their opening-round playoff win against Birdville gave them their first playoff win since 2002, but on Friday at Northwest ISD Stadium in the Class 5A Division I Region I area round, the Broncos ran into an offensive buzz saw in the reigning Class 4A Division II state champion Aledo Bearcats.
JUSTIN — Amassing a two-possession lead by halftime and holding the Class 5A leading rusher Isaiah Duarte to just 72 yards in the first half, the Denton Broncos had their lead, but the Birdville Hawks weren’t going to go quietly. Duarte finished with 212 yards and four touchdowns with the Hawks scoring 19 fourth-quarter points to set up one final drive, but on fourth-and-10 at midfield with less than a minute remaining, defensive lineman Adam Bershell’s outside rush helped him come up with his third sack of the game to allow Denton to secure the 40-33 victory for the Class 5A bi-district championship at Northwest ISD Stadium on Friday.
The Denton Broncos’ fast start to the season, their win over Saginaw Boswell in the final seconds and their first playoff berth since 2010 highlight their season so far, but tonight against Birdville, all of those peaks climbed are merely hills compared with the task ahead.
ARGYLE – As Argyle volleyball coach Clark Oberle stood up to introduce Katy Keenan during a signing ceremony on Wednesday afternoon, he reminisced with the crowd about his star player’s first college offer, which he said came from Baylor the summer before Keenan’s freshman year.
Despite the absence of importance in their final game of the regular season, the Denton Broncos came into Friday’s contest against Wichita Falls with the hope that it would serve as a dress rehearsal for next week’s playoff game against Birdville. However, the Coyotes also had designs on entering the playoffs on a high note as they shot out to a 28-0 lead on the way to a 49-14 blowout at Bronco Field.
ARGYLE — Denton looked to be headed in the right direction, taking a two-set lead over Lake Dallas in a Class 5A bi-district playoff match Tuesday, but an injury to one of the Lady Broncos’ top hitters shook their confidence and sent the Argyle gym into silence. The Lady Falcons refocused, seized the momentum, fought through a closely contested third set and rode it to three straight set wins for a 10-25, 23-25, 30-28, 25-22, 15-10 victory to advance to the area round.
Jetting out to a 6-0 start, the Denton Broncos were riding high. Now, after two consecutive losses that have tested their trust and belief, they are faced with needing to win their remaining games to make the playoffs for the first time since 2010.
FORT WORTH — The Denton Lady Broncos entered Tuesday’s season finale against Saginaw Boswell with a chance to force a three-way tie for first place in District 5-5A.
Scooting out to a two-touchdown lead at 21-7 in the first quarter, the Denton Broncos looked as if they were on their way to breaking the four-way tie atop District 5-5A. Denton’s Xavier Scott rushed for 272 yards and four touchdowns; however, the Broncos’ defense only forced three Azle punts all night as the Hornets rushed for 358 yards on the road to cap off a 55-34 victory at Bronco Field.
The Denton Broncos had an opportunity to pull off a tremendous comeback Oct. 16 at Wichita Falls Rider, but they came up short for their first loss of the season.
With a change to the playoff format in Class 5A, the Denton tennis team has been the beneficiary of two added playoff spots. But with matches against Fort Worth Brewer and Azle to end the season, the Broncos had to earn the chance to enjoy the thrill of the playoffs. They delivered, winning both team matches, which secured them the No. 3 seed in the area tournament today against the No. 2 seed from District 5-6A, Saginaw.
After Denton’s season-defining win against Saginaw Boswell a week ago, the Broncos were set on not letting the success get to their heads. Against District 5-5A unbeaten Fort Worth Brewer on Friday at Bronco Field, Denton had its best start to a game this season with standout performances from quarterback Christian Rodriguez, wideout Key’Andre Hearvey and a stout defense as it defeated the Bears 50-14 to remain the only undefeated team left in the district while moving to 6-0 for the first time since 1987.
Waiting until the last play of the game to grasp hold of a 5-0 start and 2-0 start in District 5-5A with their 47-43 win against Saginaw, the Denton Broncos are riding high. But coach Kevin Atkinson doesn’t want to see his team regress after their biggest win in recent program history when they face the other district unbeaten team in Fort Worth Brewer at homecoming today at Bronco Field.
It had been 21 years since Denton High School’s football team started a season 5-0, and not only are this year’s Broncos’ winning ways breeding confidence on the field, but their success has infused the school with a spirit and pride that haven’t been seen in a long time.
Denton coach Danielle Kading insists this season isn’t about redemption for the Lady Broncos. Prior to Friday’s key District 5-5A match against Saginaw Boswell, Kading said she was reminded that her team had a chance at redemption against the Lady Pioneers — who ousted Denton in the first round of last year’s Class 4A playoffs. That was the least of Kading’s concerns, though.
The Denton Broncos biggest game of the season so far gave them their closest challenge, with the game coming down to the final play. Saginaw Boswell had the ball at the seven-yard line with time for one last play, but Denton’s Key’Andre Hearvey deflected the final pass in the right corner of the end zone to secure a 5-0 start for the Broncos and a 47-43 victory at Bronco Field on Friday.
Denton coach Kevin Atkinson wasn’t willing to proclaim that his team would start the season undefeated through their first four games, but as the Broncos prepare to face their stiffest test of the season today at home against Saginaw Boswell, Atkinson thinks his team is right where he expected them to be.
FORT WORTH — Everything the Denton Broncos did in preparation for Friday’s district-opening showdown on the road against Saginaw Chisholm Trail was done with one word in mind — fast. The Broncos used an early Chisholm Trail turnover and a quick score to get themselves off on the right foot on the way to a two-possession lead at halftime, as they eventually defeated the Rangers 50-14 to move to 4-0 on the season.
The Denton Broncos have shot out to a perfect nondistrict start, showing off a balanced offense and a dynamic defense. But when they face Saginaw Chisholm Trail on the road today, they’re preparing to start the first of two new seasons — the district schedule and the playoffs.
In a showdown between two District 5-5A unbeatens, the Denton Lady Broncos waited until the last minute to pull a victory out of the fire as they overcame visiting Wichita Falls Rider 25-20, 25-22, 23-25, 28-30, 17-15 on Tuesday night.
Through the first two weeks of the season, the Denton Broncos have earned the wins they’ve desired, but the games haven’t exactly started according to plan. Against Carrollton Creekview today in their first home game of the season, the Broncos will look to start fast and head into their bye week with a perfect 3-0 record.
Junior outside hitter Kenzie Dozier credited her setters and the defense for why she had such a productive game against Keller Fossil Ridge on Tuesday. With District 5-5A play just around the corner, Dozier’s team-leading 13 kills helped the Lady Broncos rediscover some much-needed chemistry on the way to a swift sweep of the Lady Panthers 25-14, 25-14, 25-19.
GRANBURY — The Denton Broncos have a saying they repeat frequently. “Run to win.” After leading his team to its first win of the season against Wilmer-Hutchins, junior running back Xavier Scott found a way to outdo himself. Scott rushed for 304 yards and five touchdowns to guide the Broncos to a 48-28 win over Granbury in a turnover-laden tilt on the road on Friday.
DALLAS — Junior running back Xavier Scott had only fumbled twice in his varsity career heading into the Broncos’ season-opening game at Wilmer-Hutchins on Friday. On Denton’s first offensive possession of the game, Scott fumbled to squander supreme field position away at the Eagles’ 20-yard line. But that didn’t deter Scott from refocusing and putting the team on his shoulders to the tune of 160 yards and three touchdowns as the Broncos took down Wilmer-Hutchins 28-14.
ARGYLE — Falling behind 2-1 with a razor-thin loss to Denton in the third set, the Argyle Lady Eagles had lost their aggressive demeanor. Rediscovering their enthusiasm and offensive purpose, the Lady Eagles fought back and edged out the Lady Broncos in the decisive fifth set for a 25-20, 21-25, 29-31, 25-17, 16-14 victory Tuesday.
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